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March 31, 2015


Go, Look: James C. Heimer

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Go, Read: Two Unconventional Comics Interviews

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* JT Dockery talks to the great Gary Panter about meeting and talking to Philip K. Dick. I love specific interviews like this one, and I love it when a comics character of the highest order like Dockery is encouraged to hold forth at length. The result is that Dockery creates a perfect context for the discussion, he lets you know why he cares so much about the subject matter, so you do, too.

* the Comics Journal presents a conversation between Gary Groth and the just-passed Irwin Hasen just as it happened back in 2013: loose, rambling, full of stage directions and digressions. lt's a nice insight into how Hasen's mind works but also provides a glimpse at how Groth was able to connect with so many great mainstream comic book makers of his father's generation: he spoke their language, did his research, knew their icons, ingratiated himself into however they liked to hold forth and within those parameters was free with his opinions in a way that sometimes supplied a much-needed spark. He's the best there's ever been at it.
 
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Jonah Weiland: CBR Dropped Three Candidates From A Job Search Due To Social Media Findings

Jonah Weiland posts about cutting a job search in more than half due to negative reaction to social media use by candidates. I would imagine that with very few jobs being open these days that's something prospective industry people might want to read. That's something people might want to read more generally no matter where they are on the employment spectrum.
 
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Go, Look: How To Be A Perfect Husband

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Collective Memory: RIPExpo 2015

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2015 edition of the RIPExpo, held March 28-29 at the Providence Public Library in Providence.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Festival Site
* Host Building
* Host City

Facebook
* Event

News Stories And Columns
* Providence Journal
* Providence Monthly

Twitter
* @ripexpo

* Alison Wilgus
* Allie Kleber
* Amigos Shop

* barbara
* Benjamin Lundberg

* Cathy G. Johnson
* Chu 01
* Chu 02
* Czap Books

* Dave Kelly

* Festival Season
* Franklin Einspruch

* Jason Viola
* Jenn Kaplan
* Jonathan Rotsztain
* Jon Chad

* Megan Brennan
* Mothers News 01
* Mothers News 02

* O Horvath

* Paige H Warren

* Rebecca Volynsky
* rel
* RIPExpo

* Sally C
* Secret Acres 01
* Secret Acres 02
* Sophia Foster-Dimino

* Virginia Paine

* Warren Craghead

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OTBP: Ink For Beginners

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Did You Know That Brian Heater Has A Podcast Where He Interviews Cartoonists From Time To Time?

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I mean, I knew about it, and have even listened to some of what's linked to below. You might not have in part because I never got Brian Heater's podcast in my regular cycle of things I look at and recommend, because my brain works very poorly sometimes. People always assume I'm just mad at them, but it's mostly I just can't close the deal for whatever reason, can't cross over from what I should be doing to actually doing it. My apologies.

Heater was nice enough to send me a note when his podcast got to its 100th episode. Here are the links he sent to the comics-makers he's interviewed along the way.

Congratulations, Brian. I hope there will be many more.

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* Box Brown
* Molly Crabapple
* Peter Bagge
* Box Brown
* Roz Chast
* Kim Deitch
* Molly Crabapple
* Ellen Forney
* Nicole Georges
* Karen Green
* Lisa Hanawalt
* Paul Hornschemeier
* James Kochalka
* Peter Kuper
* Scott McCloud
* Francoise Mouly
* Paul Pope
* John Porcellino
* Art Spiegelman
* Leslie Stein
* Jillian Tamaki (illustration pictured)
* Julia Wertz
* Shannon Wheeler
* Jim Woodring

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Here is a more general link. Some of our best talkers are on that list; some of the best comics-makers, too.

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OTBP: Fat Free Milk Tears

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Collective Memory: ECCC 2015

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2015 edition of the Emerald City Comicon, held March 27-29 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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imageInstitutional
* Festival Site
* Host Building
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Steve Duin

Facebook
* Event
* Organization
* Public Group

* Ali Sunderland Perry
* Andre Fernando Lee
* Cole Aaronson
* Dottie P. Jacob
* Dylan Donaldson
* Kelsey Gilbertson
* Kyla Applegate
* Marcus Burke
* Teresita Callaway

News Stories And Columns
* CBR (Index)

Photos
* Dinesh Shamdasani
* ECCC
* Ed Luce
* Ed Peterson
* Human Paraquat
* Katie Skelly 01
* Katie Skelly 02
* Kelly Sue DeConnick
* Mariah
* Seattle P-I

Twitter
* convention account
* #ECCC
* #ECCC2015

* Cat Farris
* CBR
* Christopher Sebela
* Gail Simone
* Hayley Atwell
* Jake Parker
* Jeff Couterier
* Kate Leth
* Katie Skelly
* Todd Nauck 01
* Todd Nauck 02

Video
* Brandon Routh
* Longbox Review
* Mama Speaks Geek
* Rachel Himka 01
* Rachel Himka 02
* Rachel Himka 03

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Fred Guardineer's Stories About Magicians Always Make Me Happy

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2015

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April 2
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

April 3
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 4
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 5
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 6
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This

April 9
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This

April 10
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Extra SPACE)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBZF)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 17
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 18
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (ICE)

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were Near Saratoga, I'd Go To This (ChaseCon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

April 28
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

April 29
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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May 2
* If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

May 3
* If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)

May 9
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (Ratha Con)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)

May 14
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)

May 15
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)

May 16
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)

May 17
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)

May 22
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 23
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures 2015)

May 25
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 28
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)

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Events For June 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Rock Thoughts

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* if you can only read one comics-related piece today, read whatever you want -- holy crap, I'd have to be an asshole to tell you what to do with an entire day's worth of reading. I hope at some point you'll catch up with Nicole Rudick's talk with Victor Moscoso over at Paris Review. I thought it was a blast. Also, more comics fans should follow her on Twitter; everything she writes about comics is really good.

image* Sean Gaffney on Oh My Goodness! Vol. 47.

* someone facebook messaged me this drawing of Devil Dinosaur by Malachi Ward that's so old it must have come up somewhere else first. Ditto this Ben Marra series of illustrations accompanying an article about a female pro wrestler. I also missed this, which must have been a popular feature for The Nib.

* it's not a closely-related enough story for a full Danish Cartoon or Charlie Hebdo update, but some of the more strident and seemingly intractable impasses of the war between cultures in Europe seem to have gained some heat and evinced greater frustration for the fact of the Hebdo murders. I don't think pressure of this kind was a primary aim, but it seems to have been a primary result. Everything feels strained and impossible now.

* totally certain I've posted that Reich pages are for sale; totally not worried about posting it again. Not a lot of comic book series left like that one.

* Daneil Stein talks to Keith Knight.

* here's a pretty old-school deconstruction of the comics sales of the 1940s as they were supposedly upended by comics censorship movements in the 1950s. I trust the hatred that I encountered decades later from the cartoonists of that era to ever dismiss the dramatic effect the censors had on the ability of comics to tell certain kinds of stories. At the same time, logic suggests that there was likely a kaleidoscope of cultural forces at work to move the industry from one period of sales and mainstream expression to another.

* what a great cartoon design by David Boswell.

* finally, this is what Al Williamson inking Joe Quesada looked like.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Darren Merinuk!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Dave Lapp!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Steven T. Seagle!

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March 30, 2015


Roger Slifer, RIP

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Go, Look: Daniel Zender

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Universal Uclick Launches Phoebe And Her Unicorn In 100+ Publications

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I don't cover as many of the strip launches as I might have once upon a time. It seems there are far fewer now, particuarly after the newspaper industry shudder and heave the marked the end of the last decade. My guess is that most syndicates moved from 2-3 launches a year at the beginning of the 2000s to one every 18-24 months, but I could be super-wrong about that. Much of the action in recent years has been in syndicates working with the creative properties to develop opportunities for them in a variety of media, with the occasional solid performer being launched like Dustin.

That Universal Uclick found more than 100 publications to carry Dana Simpson's Phoebe And Her Unicorn marks me as worth noting for a few reasons. One, that's an excellent launch, just by sheer numbers one of the best in that company's history. Two, I believe there's an historical aspect that hasn't been made part of how the strip has been presented, and I'll respect that here, although I'm thrilled by what that represents. Three, the strip has been carried for a long time on GoComics.com under its original name Heavenly Nostrils, and the ability to move it to a more profitable tier must be really exciting for that company in terms of executing that digital strategy. Something that may not be a factor considered with the frequency it deserves is that the ability to work in a space with syndication demands before syndication buyers get to see the strip -- that really has to be a gift to those creators. It's a nearly three-year running start for Simpson, and a chance to work in markets where you already have fans that might defend the specific work if dropped. It seems to be working in this case, certainly.

I note that Simpson is in the Seattle area, which at least in terms of idiosyncratic small-press comics people has enjoyed a significant resurgence and remains one of the great comics communities. Previous works from Simpson stretching back to the early 2000s have adhered much more closely to approaches enjoyed in furry culture, but syndication was an end result long in mind. Now she's there, with much aplomb. Our congratulations to the cartoonist.
 
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Go, Look: Early Eerie Covers, Comics And Illustrations

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Go, Read: How To Become A Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson works in traditional UK kids' comics. So when asked to give his advice on how to become a cartoonist, he basically explains how he ended up where he is: in some ways it's the world's least helpful column, the description of a unique path hacked through a woodland where the path has closed up and the woods is nearly gone.

imageOn the other hand, there is something to the advice in general. Most cartoonists get to the point of making a living by keeping cartooning until the world curves slightly around them to accommodate that talent and persistence. And Parkinson is right in identifying a second step after being persistent for what may seem like forever: consolidating one's early opportunities and nascent skills until they begin to resemble something like a career.

If it all sounds impossible, it pretty much is -- there's no guarantee that if you do all of these things 100 percent perfectly that the ground won't open under you at some future date right where you standing or right where you need to be standing next for the previous steps to have made any sense at all. I think this is infinitely more so in an era without any real industry of any type; there are very few places into which one can settle, very few pieces of ground guaranteed to be there five years from now.

You also have to be able to draw and write, either surpassingly well at one or professionally able at both. It's really not fair.
 
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Not Comics: One Book's Worth Of Charles Geer Illustrations

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Go, Look: Molly Mendoza

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Collective Memory: ECCC 2015

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*****

Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2015 edition of the Emerald City Comicon, held March 27-29 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

*****

imageInstitutional
* Festival Site
* Host Building
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Steve Duin

Facebook
* Event
* Organization
* Public Group

* Ali Sunderland Perry
* Andre Fernando Lee
* Cole Aaronson
* Dottie P. Jacob
* Dylan Donaldson
* Kelsey Gilbertson
* Kyla Applegate
* Marcus Burke
* Teresita Callaway

News Stories And Columns
* CBR (Index)

Photos
* Dinesh Shamdasani
* ECCC
* Ed Luce
* Katie Skelly 01
* Katie Skelly 02
* Kelly Sue DeConnick

Twitter
* convention account
* #ECCC
* #ECCC2015

* Cat Farris
* CBR
* Christopher Sebela
* Gail Simone
* Hayley Atwell
* Jake Parker
* Jeff Couterier
* Kate Leth
* Katie Skelly
* Todd Nauck 01
* Todd Nauck 02

Video
* Brandon Routh
* Longbox Review
* Mama Speaks Geek
* Rachel Himka 01
* Rachel Himka 02
* Rachel Himka 03

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Not Comics: The Artist And Cartoonist Lauren Weinstein Has Worked On This Painting For Over 20 Years

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there are more paintings here
 
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